The Dimona branch is actually a campus – it includes a dining room, a volunteers’ room, a social-game room and another, tiny room – Nissim’s office. Meet the Dimona branch manager, Nissim Almakayes. From his tiny office, Nissim manages a huge philanthropy enterprise. The tiny office looks like a headquarters, with task and deadline lists and tables. It is from here that Nissim’s volunteers leave to purchase food staples for the needs of the branch, which feeds over eight hundred individuals every day.
Some of the diners come to the branch to eat their single hot meal for the day. Others receive the food directly to their homes. Imagine an elderly Holocaust survivor sitting in his home, awaiting Nissim’s volunteers. For him, the knock on the door is far more than just about the food. It is a symbol of someone’s concern for him. Someone worries about him, and will continue to care for him. He will not lack food. Meir Panim will always take care of him.
Lunchtime at Meir Panim’s Dimona branch arrives, and everything sets in motion, working like clockwork. Some of the volunteers head out toward handicapped, lonely or elderly people to deliver their lunches and ask about their welfare. Other volunteers remain in the branch to welcome the visitors who will be eating in the dining center. By noon, the place is humming with activity. Some of the waiters include prisoners doing civil work, as Nissim gently guides them to open a new page in their lives. The staff also includes individuals who are cognitively impaired. The love that Nissim showers on them is incomparable. They love Nissim, and Nissim loves them. In the afternoon, Nissim runs a seniors’ club, at the same time also supervising the nearby Power of Giving branch, where he discerns, for example, that a couple visiting before their wedding day have nothing with which to furnish their future home. Nissim will assist them in attaining all that they will need.
Branch address: HaMakabim, Yoseftal Center, Dimona
Branch manager: Mr. Nissim Almakayes